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At the Artemio Franchi, Inter almost managed to limp over the line and bring home the 3 points. But a last ditch Vlahovic strike helped by some poor defending and goalkeeping, which until that point was spot on, cost Inter their 2 point lead in Serie A.
Samir Handanovic – 5.5: Made a world class save in each half. Then when he had to stand up, he misjudged the potential shot.Pity as Samir almost had a perfect game.
Milan Skriniar – 5.5: It’s no secret Skriniar is more comfortable on the right side of defence. Solid until the time when Godin came on. Should have fouled Vlahovic.
Stefan de Vrij – 6 : Not the easiest of games. He managed to just stay ahead in the first half and had more control in the second. The late goal ruined his night too.
Alessandro Bastoni – 6.5: Very impressive game all things considered. Chiesa and Boateng were a challenge for someone so young. Bastoni more than passed his exam.
Danilo D’Ambrosio – 5.5: Quiet game on the right flank. D’Ambrosio usually ensures that Inter don’t concede too many chances but his limitations going forward are obvious.
Marcelo Brozovic – 6.5: Most important midfielder in Inter’s squad at the moment. Too bad he misses the Genoa game. The only negative is that he needs to cross better.
Borja Valero – 7: Borja aging like fine wine. Fiorentina aren’t an easy midfield to play against but the Spaniard showed his class throughout against his former club.
Matias Vecino – 5.5: Typical Vecino performance. Too much quantity and too little quality. Positioning was good as usual, but that’s the only positive for the Uruguayan.
Cristiano Biraghi – 6: Much more defensive work needed on Cristiano’s side of defence and that meant his forward runs were limited. Struggled to cope towards the end.
Lautaro Martinez – 6.5: Lautaro does what he wants. When you give him the ball he almost always managed to produce something. Interesting to see who plays in his place.
Romelu Lukaku – 5.5: Selfless. Always tries to play in a midfielder or Lautaro. However has missed 2-3 goals just in the last week. Needs to be more cynical in front of goal.
Matteo Politano – N/A: Its almost impossible to see him stay at Inter in the long term. Doesn’t make an impact and can’t even thump a dead ball into the box in the 95th minute.
Lucien Agoume – N/A: Still very young and it showed in his positioning. Not the right match situation to be judging someone like him. Maybe we’ll see more of him against Genoa.
Diego Godin – N/A: Was missing high up the pitch when Vlahovic was making a succesful charge towards Handanovic. Failed to show his experience and cool head.
Antonio Conte – 5: There is no doubt that the bench doesn’t give Conte many options, however Inter never looked in control and sure of the result at any moment.
Maurizio Mariani – 3.5: How many points just for turning up? Fell for Fiorentina’s dives all game. Some bookings were hasty and some were late. Never in command.
Inter – 4.5: Yes, it’s a difficult game with so many injuries. But the poor finishing and defending at the end cost Inter the buffer of 2 points. So close yet so far.
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Inter midfielder Borja Valero discussed the Nerazzurri’s tough 1-1 draw against Fiorentina last night when speaking to gathered reporters in the mixed zone after the game with Italian media outlet TuttoMercatoWeb reporting his statement.
“It’s always a wonderful feeling to come back here, it could also have been my last game as a player at the Franchi. It’s a shame we couldn’t win, but it was important for us.”
The Spaniard touched on why he didn’t celebrate his goal.
“I had five very beautiful years with Fiorentina, it was the least I could do.”
He was disappointed that the Nerazzurri failed to earn all three points.
“Vlahovic’s goal was very nice but we weren’t good either. It’s never easy to come to the Franchi but we could have won the game.”
Finally, Valero spoke about rumours suggesting that he will return to Fiorentina next summer, when his contract with Inter expires.
“I haven’t heard anything about it, we’ll see if there’s anything in it. It’s nice if you’re followed by other teams, it means that you still have something to give to football.”
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Inter are set to acquire Parma full back Matteo Darmian in either January or in next summer’s transfer window, according to a report from yesterday’s paper edition of the Rome based newspaper Corriere dello Sport.
The report details how the Nerazzurri have been following the 30-year-old Italian since his arrival from Manchester United to Parma in the summer and are now fully convinced by his performances.
So convinced, in fact, that it seems certain that he will join Inter in either of the upcoming two transfer windows.
The Nerazzurri have identified the need for more full back options, the report highlights, and Darmian is a perfect fit for coach Antonio Conte’s system due to his tactical flexibility, comfortable on both the left and right sides of the pitch.
So far this season Darmian has made 13 appearances for Parma across all competitions, providing one assist in that time. He has played the full 90 minutes of all of Parma’s games so far this season, except two games missed due to a thigh muscle strain.
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Former Inter and AC Milan forward Antonio Cassano discussed the Nerazzurri’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Fiorentina last night on the Italian talk show Tiki Taka.
“In Italy the team has made less of an effort than in Europe where they play football. Inter will end Christmas first in the standings with Juve, they both have two easy matches. I didn’t think at the beginning of the season that it could go like this and I still say that Inter will win the league at the end but today I was impressed once again.”
Cassano then gave an interesting anecdote from his time with AC Milan, from the season they last won the Scudetto under coach Massimiliano Allegri.
“I have to thank him for what he did. There’s an episode that I can tell you about because it’s now safe to discuss. There was a fight between Ibra and Seedorf before Fiorentina against Milan and then we won 2-0.”
“Clarence took the ball and said today we do not train. Ibra was going to meet him. Allegri took the ball and made us put it in a circle telling us that he was in charge and we had to do what he said.”
“‘You fight, you insult each other but you do what I say.’ Both Seedorf and Ibra went on the pitch and we won six to seven games in a row.”
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Inter midfielder Borja Valero, who scored the Nerazzurri’s opening goal in last night’s 1-1 draw in the Serie A against Fiorentina, discussed the game in an interview with Italian broadcaster InterTV after the match,
“Returning to the Franchi is always special, also because this may be the last game I play here. I don’t have a contract for next year, we’ll see what happens. We’re sorry for the two points dropped, we could have scored a second goal. We’ve been conceding in Florence for three years at the last minute.”
The 34-year-old Spaniard then touched on the Nerazzurri’s next game against Genoa, where they will be without either Lautaro Martinez or Marcelo Brozovic.
“It’s going to be a tough game. They’re going to want to win because they’re in a difficult situation, but we want to end the year with a good result. Even if it won’t be easy.”
The Nerazzurri sit second in the Serie A on same points as Juventus but having lost their head to head against the Bianconeri.
Inter coach Antonio Conte spoke to gathered reporters in the official post match press conference last night, following the Nerazzurri’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Fiorentina, with Italian media outlet FcInterNews reporting his words.
First, Conte spoke about the fact that Inter haven’t won in their last three games.
“I blame it on the fact that in the third game we earned less than we deserved. There were good moments to score goals, but we weren’t good, and we conceded when attacking. I’m sorry because there’s been a lot of effort from the guys, I can’t say anything to my squad because they’re giving me all their energy.”
“It’s not easy to deal with a lot of games and some can play despite being suffering from fatigue. But as I said we have to get to Christmas in the best possible way and recover players like Sensi and Sanchez who haven’t seen the pitch in two and a half months.”
He spoke about how he will approach next week’s game, knowing that he won’t be able to play midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.
“Let’s see a little bit during the week. Today Agoume made his debut, he is 17 years old like Esposito. Let’s see if Borja Valero is fine, he seems to have only a bit of fatigue. We’ll see in the week.”
Finally, Conte touched on the Nerazzurri’s decision to cancel their press conference on Saturday, due to a letter published the day prior in the Corriere dello Sport which severely insulted Conte.
“We hear about respect, but are we joking? I find myself in the newspapers with the news of the death threats and the bullet received without knowing anything.”
“But guys, think about what happened in the last month. Do you sometimes think that we have a family too? Do you think we have children and spouses at home? And I hear about respect, has anyone even been offended?”
“Guys, are we okay? No, guys, we’re not fine. In Italy, everyone is free to wake up in the morning and whoever shouts the loudest will become the most relevant.”
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Sassuolo coach Roberto De Zerbi discussed Inter’s tough 1-1 draw against Fiorentina on the Italian TV show Domenica Sportiva last night.
“In the Champions League Inter had a very difficult group with Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona. In the league I do not think that at the beginning of the year there were many people who were thinking that Inter could be on equal points with Juventus.”
“Inter are doing well considering all the injuries they have. On the press conference cancelled by Antonio Conte I think it is legitimate to respect the thoughts of all, through social media today we see bad things, what Antonio says is true.”
The Nerazzurri’s dropped points caused them to drop into second place in the Serie A despite being on same points as Juventus who earlier defeated Udinese 3-1. This is due to the fact that when two teams are on equal points in the Serie A their position in the league is decided on head to head encounters, with Juventus having defeated the Nerazzurri earlier in the season.
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Inter midfielder Borja Valero discussed the Nerazzurri’s tense 1-1 draw against Fiorentina in the Serie A last night shortly after the final whistle with Italian broadcaster RAI.
“We always have to improve and do better to bring home the points, a pity they didn’t arrive today. The Champions League? We left it behind to focus on this game. Juventus? We have to be sure to play game to game, we want to fight to the end.”
The Nerazzurri have now failed to win in three games in a row across all competitions, allowing Juventus to close the gap at the top of the league table.
Whilst the Milanese club are still top of the league, they are now only ahead of Juventus due to their superior goal difference, putting more pressure on coach Antonio Conte and the squad to achieve a win against Genoa next weekend.
The Nerazzurri’s failure to qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions League will allow them to focus more heavily on the league compared to their Turin based rivals.